The mainstream Swiss Ski Schule has branches in Flims, Laax and Falera. As far as alternative options go, there is a wide range. Action Unlimited (+41 81 936 7474), EuroBoard, EuroSki, Rock and Snow (+41 78 679 7153), Roland Tuchschmid (+41 79 742 6677), Touchdown (+41 78 830 5960), and Yetis (+41 79 635 3767). Other schools in Flims Waldhaus are Mountain Fantasy and Swissraft. In Laax, Inspiraziun Grischun (+41 76 391 6894) is recommended. The Gas freeski school is for anyone wanting to learn how to ski the half-pipe like a pro and master rails and kickers. They offer daily training sessions and weekly camps.
The indoor freestyle academy
Aspiring acrobats you’ve been inspired by the likes of Bobby Brown or Shaun White – but haven’t the foggiest how to get started on their freestyle career – should make Laax Freestyle Academy their target. It’s located at the bottom of the lifts and is an indoor centre dedicated to freestyle instruction and training – very similar in style to the pioneering Woodward at Copper centre in Colorado. Amongst the features on offer are a big-air ramp with a foam-pit, a snowflex slope with rails, and trampolines where you can learn the art of the somersault.
The centre is open daily, and all first-timers must sign up for a two-and-a-half-hour, one-on-one introduction course before using the facilities unsupervised. It’s a popular spot, especially at weekends, so book your place before you arrive in the resort.
A pleasant choice for a family skiing holiday
Beginners should make sure they choose their accommodation near a lift station, as the distances can be quite big.
Children who are learning to ski are taken to The Ami Sabi Snow Wonderland, which is centred around a magician called Ami Sabi. Here they will be told stories, sing songs and learn about the forest, the animals and the mountains – all of this while learning to ski. There are three Snow Wonderlands – one at each of the base stations (Flims, Laax and Falera).
Flims has long been a stronghold of family-skiing specialist Powder Byrne. PB holidays don’t come cheap, but the company knows the business of family holidays backwards and will take a lot of the hassle out of the experience.
If you’re relying on locally-organised facilities, then Flims-Laax Ski School runs a kindergarten for children from two years, with ski lessons from four years old. Waldhaus Flims, and Hotel Adula both run creches for their little guests. In Flims Dorf, Annina Haegler (+41 79 791 5221) runs a non-ski kindergarten. There’s also a creche next to the base stations in both Flims and Laax. Visit the Laax website for further details.